March 28, 2008 Subject:
Similarity With Jetsons
Not only do some of the futuristic gags in this lovely Sutherland short pre-date the Jetsons, Sutherland hired George O'Hanlon as his protagonist in this short before Hanna-Barbera picked him as George Jetson.
Director George Gordon was a New Yorker who arrived at MGM from Terrytoons in the late 30s. Animator Cal Dalton spent a number of years working at Warners in the 1930s and '40s. Ken O'Brien had been employed at the Lantz studio in the late 40s while George Cannata was with the Fleischers and very briefly at Warners.
The music was by Eugene Poddany, who was Carl Stalling's copyist at Warners and later worked for Chuck Jones at MGM. Background artist Joe Montell spent time with Tex Avery at MGM before being hired to work at Hanna Barbera.
It's nice to see the Martians have the Q bomb in 2000.
March 29, 2005 Subject:
The Future Freaks Me Out.
This promotional film from the Automobile Manufaturers of America starts out with a lot of potential, however it quickly deteriorates into just another Looney Tunes inspired teaching film. This film starts off with the main character reading "Future News" in the year 2000 and contemplating buying a new car, after the work day is over he goes home to his family and after dinner they watch a boring documentry on the history of the automobile. Now thier are a lot of great idea's for the future in this first part, food ad's you can smell, 3D television, and even a system allowing drivers to call fellow drivers via thier licenseplate number. Unfortunatly from thier on out we get a slightly biased view of the history of the automabile. frankly I don't blame Jr when he says he wants to watch another "Cowboy Picture" on the "Space Vision" it would deffinatly be more intresting, again this film had a lot of potential but it ends up just being dull.
March 7, 2005 Subject:
Welcome to 2003!
Pretty great Sutherland cartoon that starts off in the future, in either a salute to the Jetsons, or seriously giving it some ideas, as you can imagine the main character giving Geroge Jetson pointers. Anyways, his family view a bit about how grandpa used to have one of the old time autos, which didn't work so well. But after some improvements.. Look where the auto is now!! I did like the animation here. Another Sutherland classic.
October 2, 2003 Subject:
The future we were promised
This John Sutherland cartoon from the late 1950's begins with newspaper headlines about space travel and tax cuts while Dad contemplates buying a new car on Oct. 5, 2000. Pampered Mom, computerized home, 4 hour work day, and cars that drive themselves. A comical pre-1960 history of the auto industry's "remarkable inventions" making cars better and safer so more and more could enjoy operating them follows. Too bad the flying cars didn't work out, but I'd settle for the 4 hour work day.